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Classroom culture: Democratic classrooms

By Beverly Logas Koopman

The culture of a classroom has a lot of impact on how a classroom operates minute by minute. Entire programs, like Responsive Classroom, have been built around this one reality. For more than a decade, I’ve been using a democratic approach to my classroom’s daily meeting…. Read More

Let’s get personal

By Carolyn Bunting

So much of teaching is now driven by data (i.e., test scores) and dictated by “best practices” that teachers are losing confidence in their own creativity. Yet despite these unfortunate consequences of No Child Left Behind, the important work of teachers remains unchanged — the work of… Read More

Driven by data?

By Janet Angelis

Phrases like “data-driven instruction” and “data-driven decision making” make me wonder exactly who is driving, the data or the people? If we don’t stop to ask, “Where are we going?” “For what purpose?” and “What evidence do these data provide?” we risk putting data in the driver’s… Read More

700 hours to read

By Joan Richardson

Every Thursday night, I teach an American high school graduate how to read. Kita and I have worked together for two hours a week almost every week for 3½ years. That means that she has invested roughly 350 hours of face-to-face time with me plus a roughly… Read More

Tipping education


I am wondering what it will take to tip education into a more student-centered approach to learning. Malcolm Gladwell’s 2002 book The Tipping Point charged me up — change can happen! Gladwell described transformations that were epidemic in nature, both for good and bad. The good… Read More

Different roles in tough times

Wise organizational leadership sees challenging times as opportunities to grow and learn…. Read More

Flavor of the month

New ideas are hard to accept and learning to put them into practice is even harder. But that’s the essence of learning…. Read More

What’s your definition of success?

How do you define success for students?… Read More

Why I love the first day back

A teacher prepares for the first day of school…. Read More

Understanding our diverse students by understanding ourselves first

By Eileen Gale Kugler

The principal considered the new student in front of her. She was concerned about  Carlos’ disrespectful behavior. “You look at me while I’m talking to you!” Mrs. Harris admonished.

What Mrs. Harris didn’t realize is that Carlos was being respectful. While the principal had been taught… Read More

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